Sunday Nights: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough

Sunday Nights: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough


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If rock & roll is the bastard child of the blues, it's only one of many. Junior Kimbrough was rumored to have sired 36 children before his passing in 1998, but on this tribute CD, Fat Possum Records brings together 15 of bluesman Kimbrough's spiritual bastards, including some absolute legends of underground rock. Opening and closing with two different versions of "You Better Run," the reunited Iggy & the Stooges go straight for the throat, as would be expected. More surprising are the contributions from Spiritualized, who complete their transition from space-age gospel shoegazers to the blues-rock already hinted at in recent recordings, while the Blues Explosion pass on their well-known punkified yelp in exchange for a more straight rendition of "Meet Me in the City." Other rockers well-known for their blues roots are the Black Keys and Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age vocalist Mark Lanegan, who's lesser known cover of Leadbelly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" inspired the infamous Nirvana unplugged version. The loosest recording comes from U.K. youngsters the Fiery Furnaces. Their version of "I'm Leaving" showcases Eleanor Friedberger's impressive juke-joint voice while brother Matthew Friedberger's quick-fingered guitar playing is the most skillful on display. It is inspiring that yet another generation of unkempt rockers are aware of the quickly disappearing blues' originals, and occasionally even up-stage the elder rockers, all of whom, of course, Kimbrough would have considered young'uns.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0767981101828
catalogNumber: 1018
Rank: 136165

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Lanegan   Vocals
Iggy Pop   Vocals
Ron Asheton   Guitar
Scott Asheton   Drums
Russell Simmons   Drums
Matthew Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Watt   Bass
John Coxon   Guitar
Rich Warren   Bass
Larry Ray   Guitar
Elliott Smith   Acoustic Guitar
Jack Oblivian & Impala   Track Performer
Judah Bauer   Guitar
Spaceman   Guitar,Vocals
Tony Foster   Guitar
Dave Catching   Guitar
Cary Loren   Drones
Courtney Sheedy   Bass
Patrick Carney   Drums
Dan Auerbach   Guitar,Vocals
Kevin Bales   Drums
Eleanor Friedberger   Vocals
Matthew Friedberger   Track Performer
Andy Gabbard   Guitar
Steve Maples   Bass Guitar
Carey Gustafson   Drums
Mike Lamping   Bass
Kevin Vaughn   Drums

Technical Credits

Spiritualized   Arranger
Junior Kimbrough   Composer
Matthew Smith   Producer
Anthony DeCurtis   Liner Notes
Elliott Smith   Engineer
Jack Oblivian & Impala   Producer,Engineer
Spaceman   Producer
Chris Fachini   Engineer
Pete Yorn   Producer
Patrick Carney   Producer
Chris Coady   Producer,Engineer
Matthew Friedberger   Producer
Jay Braun   Engineer
Thee Shams   Producer
Bruce Watson   Producer,Engineer

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